As part of a statewide broadband mapping initiative, the Nebraska Regional Officials Council has requested the participation of all its residents, reports the North Platte Telegraph. Nebraska is planning to conduct a speed test to measure and map broadband response times. Each free test will require approximately a minute of the participant’s time. Nebraskans can connect here at speedtestne.org.
“I would like to encourage Nebraskans to participate in this initiative,” stated Ed Toner, CIO for the state of Nebraska and chairman of the Rural Broadband Task Force. “Speed test data can help identify areas which lack broadband so strategies and funding to connect these areas can be identified.”
Like so many broadband projects, Nebraska’s attention to connectivity is a response to lessons learned during the pandemic. Funding will come from federal CARES resources. The study itself will be conducted by independent broadband data collection firm, GEO Partners, LLC.
“Results from this study will give local and state officials a better understanding of where underserved and unserved Nebraska residents are,” said NROC President CJ Poltack. “Furthermore,” he added “It will allow the state to align with Governor Ricketts’ legislative priority of improving broadband services for the entire state.”